The Weekend Bass Series
Home of the Ray Scott Championship
Alabama South to open on Lake Martin
ATHENS, Ala. – The Alabama South Division 2 of the American Bass Anglers Weekend Bass Series will hold its opening tournament of the new season Feb. 8, 2014, on Lake Martin near Alexander City, Ala.
The anglers will launch at Wind Creek State Park, located at 4325 Alabama Highway 128 in Alexander City. Anglers may begin fishing at 6:15 a.m. or safe light. The weigh-in will begin at 2:30 p.m.
Registration begins at 4 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Betty Carol Graham Technology Center, located on the Central Alabama Community College campus at 1675 Cherokee Road (Highway 63) in Alexander City. To register for this tournament, see www.americanbassanglers.com/proddetail.php?prod=773.
To enter, anglers fishing the Boater Division pay $200 with co-anglers paying $100. In addition, ABA members enjoy these other these other benefits:
- No more dual membership to fish the Weekend Bass Series.
- No more credit card processing fees for tournament entries.
- Liability insurance requirements have been reduced to an acceptable level for weekend anglers.
- Increased payback at divisional events from 20 percent of the field to 25 percent of the field.
Anglers fishing the Boater Division may weigh in up to five bass in any combination of largemouth and Kentucky spotted bass, each at least 12 inches long. Co-anglers may weigh in up to three bass. Anglers competing in this tournament will need an Alabama fishing license. For Alabama fishing license information, see www.outdooralabama.com/licenses/fwfishlicinfo or call 888-848-6887.
In addition to cash prizes for top finishers, boater and co-angler competitors fishing this tournament and WBS events throughout the season may also win hefty bonuses from such sponsors as Triton Boats, Mercury Outboards, Royal Purple, MotorGuide and T-H Marine. See the manufacturer web sites for specific details on how to qualify for these bonuses.
At the end of the season, the best WBS anglers from across the nation will fish the 2014 Ray Scott Championship, slated for Wheeler Lake in Decatur, Ala., from Nov. 15-18. The champion boater will receive $100,000 and possibly up to $50,000 in Triton Gold Bonus money. The co-angler champion will win $50,000 and possibly up to $25,000 in Triton Gold Bonus money.
As a special Ray Scott Championship bonus, the Boater Division and Co-Angler Division champions will each receive entry fees and sponsorship into the one of two professional bass fishing series of the angler’s choice. The sponsorship includes entry fees into three professional events and sponsorship support. This sponsorship will put the champion within striking distance of one of two professional bass fishing championships.
On the Tallapoosa River, Lake Martin covers about 39,180 acres of Tallapoosa, Elmore and Coosa counties. The clear, upland lake dates to 1926 and offers anglers more than 700 miles of shoreline. It drops to more than 150 feet deep in places. The upper portion of the lake remains the most fertile, particularly around the Coley Creek and Elkahatchee Creek areas. Many people fish around the islands that dot the lake. In addition, numerous coves sided by steep rocky bluffs can provide good action and protection from the wind.
Lake Martin holds abundant largemouth and spotted bass. Spotted bass slightly outnumber largemouth bass. Bass average about one to two pounds, but the lake can produce some fish in the 4- to 7-pound range with a few bigger ones.
The lake receives an enormous amount of pressure and boat traffic, particularly in the summer, so it ranks among the preferred winter bass lakes in Alabama. In the clear water, many anglers throw 4-inch finesse worms, jigs, small spinnerbaits and jerkbaits. For spotted bass, fish rock points, humps and ledges. For largemouth, look for ambush cover in the back of coves.
During the late winter and early spring, many anglers search the clear, shallow flats for bedding bass. After spotting a bedding bass, drag soft plastic tubes, jigs, creature baits or small worms through the bed to provoke a reaction strike. Hot colors for soft plastics include junebug, watermelon, black and blue or green pumpkin.
During a Feb. 2, 2013, tournament on Lake Martin, Chris Dill of Hueytown, Ala., won the Boater Division with a five-bass tournament limit weighing 18.21 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 4.93-pound kicker. Dill caught most of his fish on shallow-running flat-sided crankbaits fished around wood or rocky cover on the northern end of the lake. Billy Joe Allison Sr. from Defuniak Springs, Fla., won the Boater Division big bass title with a 5.76-pound bucketmouth that hit a Koppers craw on a shaky head off a laydown near a rocky point.
In the Co-Angler Division during that tournament, Joey Caylor of Enterprise, Ala., landed a three-fish division limit going 9.69 pounds. He caught most of his fish on a jig and a shallow-running crankbait fished around rocks and wood. Willie Hill of Tuskegee won the tournament lunker competition with a 6.17-pounder that hit a brown and chartreuse Little Norman crankbait in four feet of water.
For more information on this tournament, call Billy Benedetti, tournament manager, at 256-230-5632 or ABA at 256-232-0406. On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com.
About American Bass Anglers: American Bass Anglers is committed to providing low cost, close to home tournaments for the weekend angler and at the same time offer each competitor an upward path for individual angler progression. For more information about American Bass Anglers, the Weekend Bass Series, the American Fishing Tour or the American Couples Series, visit www.americanbassanglers.com.